Thursday, September 4, 2008

In a world where he's gone

Bur first, since we're talking about trailers here, it's appropriate to mention Don LaFontaine, the "voice" of pretty much any trailer you care to remember. He did voiceover work for the studios for more than 25 years; his "In a world where..." intros have surely become a cliche all by themselves.

Too much of a cliche to me, I have to admit. Hearing his voice only served to destroy the verisimilitude of being pulled into the trailer. A lot like the grossly over-used Wilhelm scream effect -- which these days does nothing more than display a lack of imagination on the part of the sound designer.

Still, he was a giant in his field, and he's left a huge void that nobody will ever be able to fill. He will be missed.

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